Hi All! It’s Becky. I have read a couple of other books by Suzanne Park, and I was intrigued by her newest YA book Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous. Unfortunately, this one didn’t live up to my expectations.
Title: Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous
Author: Suzanne Park
Note: I listened to the audiobook.
Summary: Sunny Song is on the cusp of being famous. Sunny is a popular internet celebrity after going viral as a kid. Now, teen Sunny is trying to get enough followers to turn her hobby into a career. When a cooking live stream video goes viral after she accidentally did half the video in her sports bra, Sunny’s parents send her to an internet detox camp. Sunny is trying to stay sane without internet access, but she gets sidetracked by a farmer’s cute son. Can Sunny find happiness on an Iowa farm?
Review: Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous is the third book I have read by Suzanne Park, and while her books have many of the characteristics that I usually love in YA lit, I never love her books.
Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous is about the negative impact internet can have on teens. Park explores the ways teens are shaped by the media they consume. The book is an honest look at how teen influencers can easily fall into bad behavior. I thought that part of the book was great. Also, great was the diverse representation of Sunny’s Korean-American family. Park has added two books to the YA lit world that Korean-American kids can see themselves in. I thought this aspect of the book was great too. I also enjoyed how the author used the farm setting of the detox camp to its fullest potential. Park drew pictures with her words to the point I feel like I have been to the rural farm.
However, there were parts of the book that I didn’t enjoy as much. The narrative voice didn’t work for me. Don’t get me wrong, Sunny is witty and clever, but she doesn’t sound like someone going into their senior year of high school. Sunny interacts with Wendy, a fellow influencer at the camp who becomes her enemy. Wendy is cartoony bad including blackmail, drinking, and lying. It was a little much for me. Plus, all the other characters at the camp were underdeveloped to the point that I can’t remember them just a few days after finding the book. I also had difficulty with the super happy ending that tied everything together was also a little much for me.
Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous is a cute, fluffy book that many teen readers will enjoy, but some readers will find it lacking.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5